Wednesday, December 26, 2012

quite the crossover project we have here.

Clockwork Angels by Kevin J. Anderson is a novelization of the rock band, Rush's new album by the same name. Let me break it down for you. We have a bestselling science fiction author, Anderson, and then we have Rush drummer and lyricist, Neil Peart, a collaboration that created a full-length novel unlike any I have ever read.

Not only are the pages beautiful to look at, the lyrics intertwined in the story take this novel to a whole new level of originality. In general, Clockwork Angels is a coming of age story that revolves around the main character, Owen Hardy, who has grown up in a world where everything about your life is planned out for you by The Watchmaker. It is a peaceful existence where everyone accepts their place without question, until Owen, who longs for something more than his predictable life, goes out on a series of misadventures to find more. This leads to rapidly changing settings that put Owen in tough and different situations. The focus is really to show someone's journey to find themselves in a world where they're told what they are without their own exploration. The settings were well described and very different from modern life, always making it interesting.

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